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IS “BLUE BLOODS” COMMITTING SUICIDE?

Catalyst November Issue 2014

We’ve been impressed with the underlying positive message of “Blue Bloods” over the years, as well as its welcome treatment of Catholicism. But after a recent episode of the show, we’re now wondering whether CBS is turning on its audience. We were bombarded with complaints following the episode that aired on October 10. Police... [Read more...]

“MINDY” GETS DIRTY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

A couple of weeks ago, a recent episode of “The Mindy Project,” a Fox show, opened with an implied sex scene involving Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) and Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina); it was titled, “I Slipped!” The room was dark and there was moaning. Here is how the script unfurled: Mindy: “Oh... [Read more...]

FAWNING OVER MUSLIMS

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The following article by Bill Donohue was published by Newsmax on October 3: On September 29, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, who is a Muslim, incurred a penalty in his game against the New England Patriots for sliding in the end zone after he scored a touchdown; he then bowed in prayer. He is man enough to admit that he was properly penalized... [Read more...]

BEN AFFLECK DISCOVERS BIGOTRY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, Bill Maher had to educate Ben Affleck about the lethal differences between Islam and Christianity on his HBO show. A debate ensued between atheist author Sam Harris and Affleck over the number of Muslims who embrace jihad, prompting Affleck to opine, “You are saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing. It’s just an ugly thing... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC SCHOOL ATHLETICS AND SEXUALITY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The divide between Catholic sexual ethics and secular sexual ethics has been played out in Pennsylvania and Minnesota in a dramatic way. The New York Times recently reported that the Diocese of Harrisburg has adopted a policy barring boys on high school wrestling teams from competing with girls from other schools; girls in Catholic schools have also... [Read more...]

TREATING FR. GROESCHEL FAIRLY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Fr. Benedict Groeschel was one of the most courageous and honorable priests Bill Donohue has ever met. His passing is a great loss. His death did not occasion the plaudits he deserved. No doubt it has much to do with his much misunderstood statements from 2012 where he commented on males aged 14, 16 or 18 who might conceivably take sexual advantage... [Read more...]

CONNECTICUT LAW UNFAIRLY BURDENS CHURCH

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Bill Donohue recently defended the Archdiocese of Hartford: •    Jacob Doe claimed he was molested in the early 1980s by a priest, Father Ivan Ferguson, who died in 2002. •     Doe had until 1988 to file a lawsuit, but he never did. •     In 1991, the statute of limitations was amended to 17 years. •     Doe had until 2003 to... [Read more...]

RELIGION IS THE KEY TO SOCIAL CAPITAL

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, the Pew Research Center unleashed a study on the issue of which values are the most important to transmit to children. Eighty-one percent of conservatives think it is especially important to teach children about religion, but only 26 percent of liberals feel the same way. Among those who are consistently liberal, 42 percent are religiously... [Read more...]

“DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER” DISTORTS HISTORY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, the Catholic League joined the protest of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the opera that was inspired by the tragic death of Leon Klinghoffer. The Catholic League brought a contingent to the protest of “The Death of Klinghoffer” on September 22, which was opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s new season; the first... [Read more...]

KANSAS CITY STAR TARGETS BISHOP FINN AGAIN

Catalyst October 2014

Recently, a judge agreed with the finding of an arbitrator that Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn violated a 2008 agreement mandating that suspected child abuse be reported immediately to the authorities. The Kansas City Star said it is “still waiting for the bishop and the Catholic Diocese to do the right thing,” by which it meant... [Read more...]

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